Jerome O’Connell talks to Cappamore’s Paul Leahy ahead of their Munster club final against Kerry champions Kenmare Shamrocks.
CAPPAMORE’S Paul Leahy captains his side into the Munster final from the full back position.
Outside the No3 is centre back and player-manager Diarmuid Sheehy.
The experienced duo provide the backbone to a defence that has been the foundation for Cappamore’s outstanding season.
Indeed in the six games since they won the East final, Cappamore have conceded just one goal - to Glin.
At the other end they have scored in every game and have 15 in those six games.
“When we look back to last year we were leaking goals and giving away easy scores,” recalled Leahy.
“That is something that we spoke about at the start of this year. Especially at junior level its very important to stop the opposition from scoring and if you keep their scores down, you have a good chance.”
Only once this season have Cappamore conceded a points tally in double digits.
“The experience of last year has definitely stood to us. We actually weren’t too far away in a lot of games last year and were a bit unlucky.”
While the fortunes of the club’s footballers was on the decline, the hurlers grabbed the headlines with their march to double county honours and then a Munster final appearance.
“Anyone involved with the footballers that doesn’t play hurling was following them. It was a great year and now it’s just brilliant for the club to be back in another Munster final,” he said.
But it was immediate promotion back up to the intermediate ranks that was paramount when they set out in 2012.
“Munster definitely wasn’t on our minds but we knew we had a good chance of winning the county. A few new lads came in and made the difference. We were very disappointed with ourselves last year and knew we had to come back and do it this year,” said the full back.
And the experience of the last few years has certainly helped.
“There have been times in games when experience matters. When we need to see out games, fellas know how to play and when to pass and where to move. Its vital, especially when we are defending a lead.”
The bookies make Kenmare the favourites.
“They will be strong and Limerick teams have had much luck against Kerry but its a final and if we turn up and play to our best game then we have to have a chance,” said the Cappamore captain.